California dairy producers have approved a Federal Milk Marketing Order for the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the approval Thursday. The new California marketing order will be implemented October 17th, 2018, with publication of the Announcement of Advanced Prices and Pricing Factors, and affected parties must comply with all provisions beginning November 1st, 2018. USDA says it will work over the next few months to educate handlers who will become regulated by the new marketing order. California represents more than 18 percent of all U.S. milk production and is currently regulated by a state milk marketing order administered by the California Department of Agriculture. Once the new federal order is established, more than 80 percent of the U.S. milk supply will fall under the Federal Milk Marketing Order regulatory framework.
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